Youth and COVID-19: impacts on jobs, education, rights and mental well-being; survey report 2020

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Les jeunes et la COVID-19: impacts sur les emplois, l’éducation, les droits et le bien-être mental; rapport d'enquête mondiale 2020
Los jóvenes y la pandemia de la COVID-19: efectos en los empleos, la educación, los derechos y el bienestar mental; informe de la encuesta 2020

This study reports the findings from the Global Survey on Youth and COVID-19 conducted by partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth between April and May 2020. This was at the time when the COVID-19 pandemic had rapidly translated into an economic crisis. The Global Survey aimed to capture the immediate effects of the pandemic on the lives of young people (aged 18–29) with regards to employment, education, mental well-being, rights and social activism. Over 12,000 responses were received from 112 countries, with a large proportion coming from educated youth and those with Internet access. The survey population is representative of students and working youth with a tertiary education, who together account for about a quarter of youth in the countries sampled. The study finds the impact of the pandemic on young people to be systematic, deep and disproportionate. It has been particularly hard on young women, younger youth and youth in lower-income countries.

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